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Halloween From Home Horror Movie Recommendation Blog.
2020 Halloween lines up with the weekend, making us hope for one of the best Halloweens in a long time! Sigh. With the pandemic still raging on in the United States, it's time to start planning for some holiday fun at home. All's not lost! Halloween is actually one of the perfect holidays to spend cozily wrapped up on the couch enjoying a good scare-fest. Let the horrors on the screen distract you from the horrors of reality! *internal screaming* Here are some Sharp Glitterapproved scary movie recs to have a good ol' spoopy fest!

Suspiria (1977) and Suspiria (2018)
Both of these movies are a great watch for entirely different reasons. They start off fairly similar, an American travels to Germany to study ballet at a prestigious school that harbors dark secrets. The original Suspiria is an aesthetic technicolor nightmare. Directed by Dario Argento, it is a classic example of the Italian ‘Giallo’ film. What is Giallo’? It translates to ‘yellow’ in Italian referencing the pulp fiction crime novels that were popular at the time. Essentially its Europe’s version of trashy slasher flicks with abundant gore and erotica. The original Suspiria is a fun watch all the way through, perfect for a midnight movie marathon.
The new Suspiria directed by Luca Guadagnino borrows the name and setting from the original Suspiria but that’s about it! Subdued neutral tones with pops of red replace the rainbow palette of the original. This version heavily explores the impact of the nazi regime on post-WWII Germany. Brutal scenes of hyper-realistic gore convey the terror of a country torn apart by war. This ‘remake’ feels more like a spiritual successor. It explores feminism, queerness, and genocide. Not for the faint of heart! Both of these films are great in their own right. Give them a watch to compare and contrast.

Suspiria Horror Movie 1977.Suspiria Horror Movie 2018.
Midsommar
I would be shocked if you hadn’t heard of this one. If you’re a horror fan and haven’t watched Midsommar yet what are you even doing?! The second film from director Ari Aster will have you screaming “DUMP HIM” throughout. A young woman named Dani tries to move past horrific trauma by going on a group vacation with her unsupportive boyfriend. Yikes. Set against the bright and cheery pagan festival of Midsommar in Sweden, all of the nightmares that unfold take place in broad daylight. For a film that disturbed me so much, it’s also very funny. In the end, I felt oddly euphoric and healed. I know I’m not the only one who felt this way!

Midsommar Horror Movie.
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Perfect Blue
One of my favorite films of all time! An anime that encapsulates the creepy cute aesthetic perfectly. Directed by the masterful Satoshi Kon, the story follows a young pop idol named Mima looking to become a movie star. Mima has to make sacrifices and abandon her ‘innocence’ to realize her dreams. Throughout her journey to stardom, she slowly descends into madness, doubting her actions at every turn. All the while a dangerous killer lurks closeby… The themes of the film include voyeurism, the male gaze, and identity crisis. This dark kawaii thriller has a compelling mystery that will keep you guessing until the end!

Anime Perfect Blue Horror Movie.
The People Under the Stairs
This movie was truly ahead of its time, remaining incredibly relevant to 2020! One of director Wes Craven’s lesser-known films, it will have you laughing and cringing at the sheer absurdity. Protagonist ‘Fool’ is a young Black child who lives in a poor Los Angeles neighborhood. Facing eviction, he joins in on a plot to rob his elusive white landlords named The Robesons. As you can imagine, the robbery does not go off without a hitch. The Robesons end up being some of the most sadistic and twisted antagonists of any horror movie! A descent into the bowels of this hellish home ensues. This movie feels like it could have come out today (sans the awesome 80s special effects) exploring all too relevant problems of racism, gentrification, capitalism, and class.

The People Under The Stairs Horror Movie.
Black Christmas
I know what you’re thinking, a Christmas movie on a Halloween movie list?! Trust me, the holiday vibes only add to the creepiness of this influential horror movie. The setting will be very familiar, a sorority house stalked by an unknown killer during Christmas break. Black Christmas is considered to be one of the first Slasher movies, most notably inspiring John Carpenter’s Halloween. Director Bob Clark wrote the book on this genre. He employs the use of a well known urban legend flawlessly. The ending really got under my skin, leaving me more creeped out than most modern horror movies!

Black Christmas Horror Movie.

US

Everybody has seen Get Out (as they should, it’s an amazing movie) but the second film from Jordan Peele deserves more love! A family takes a summer trip to protagonist Adelaide’s childhood home. Adelaide seems anxious to return, experiencing flashbacks to a traumatic childhood event. Turns out her anxiety is warranted as they are not alone… I love the urban legend feel to this film. It begins with a quote across the screen referencing abandoned tunnels across the U.S. Whenever a horror movie is rooted in some ambiguous real-life fact it makes it that much creepier to me! It brings me back to being a child researching obscure stories and watching ghost webcams online. This movie's social commentary is a little harder to ‘get’ than Get Out but trust me, once you unravel it you’ll be going “Ooooooohhhhh!”.

US Horror Movie.
The Tethered from Jordan Peele's US horror movie.
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It Follows
Ya know that trope in scary movies where if a teen has sex they’re going to die? Without giving too much away It Follows takes this a step further, introducing a monster as an STI. The rules for this monster are established early on. If it’s passed to you through sex it will always be after you, slowly but unrelenting. It Follows handles teenage sex in a more realistic way than most horror movies. It’s awkward and at times unfulfilling. The aesthetics of this movie are *chefs kiss*. What era are we in? The sweet synth soundtrack says the 80s but the weird seashell tablet says some alternate future? Eh, the unknown year adds to the mystique of this creative monster movie.

It Follows Horror Movie.

The Love Witch
Witchy aesthetics abound in this campy throwback to 60s Technicolor Hammer horror movies. The witch Elaine is the embodiment of the femme fatale trope, a manifestation of men’s fears about women. The story is a feminist take on what it means to be a woman that can fulfill a man's every desire. Be careful what you wish for… Even if you watched this film in silence it would be a visual feast for the eyes! I can only imagine how many Pinterest boards Elaine’s apartment has been added to. The set pieces and costumes were in many cases lovingly crafted by the director Anna Biller herself. We stan a DIY Queen!

The Love Witch Horror Movie.

The Shining
One of the classics that I never get tired of. A man is hired to take care of a hotel during its offseason. He brings his family with him and his wife ends up doing most of the work (of course) while he works on his novel. Their child has latent psychic abilities that allow him to see all is not well at the Overlook Hotel. Cabin fever sets in and all I can say is I’m thankful to have the internet during quarantine. This film has been spoofed so many times you probably feel like you’ve seen it even if you haven’t. The aesthetics that director Stanley Kubrick meticulously crafted still standout today. Even more creepy than the movie is the endless interpretations and conspiracy theories surrounding the film. You can go down a rabbit hole reading think pieces on this one!

The Shining Horror Movie.
While technically a thriller, this film has plenty of horror elements. Initially censored from worldwide distribution, this Japanese film gained a cult following after its DVD release. The themes of Battle Royale are incredibly relevant to the current political climate in the US. In the near future, Japan is hit by a major recession and is taken over by a totalitarian government. To keep unruly teens in check the government forces randomly selected middle school classes to fight to the death. Director Kinji Fukasaku created a new genre of films literally called Battle Royale where a group of people is forced to fight to the death. Hunger Games anyone? The over the top bloodbath keeps the anxiety at 11 for the entire movie run time.

Battle Royale Horror Movie.
Jacob’s Ladder
If you’re a fan of the Silent Hill horror video game franchise, Jacob’s Ladder is a must-watch. The film revolves around a Vietnam vet adjusting to life back at home. He experiences vivid PTSD coupled with horrific hallucinations of hellish demons. When he tries to learn more about his condition it seems that a grand conspiracy is out to stop him. The design of the creatures plaguing Jacob inspired many of the monsters featured in Silent Hill and the movie is directly name-dropped in Silent Hill 2 and 3. You have Director Adrian Lyne to thank for the iconic monster head shake. 

Jacob's Ladder Horror Movie.

BOO!
Haha did I get ya? Bet you weren’t expecting a jump scare at the end. I could write on and on about horror movies but I’ll leave it at this. Sike! Here are a few honorable mentions:

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Santa Sangre
The Lighthouse
The Hunger
Goodnight Mommy
House 

Jeez, I could talk about horror movies forever.
Let me know in the comments if you watched any of these movies or if you have any suggestions! You can probably tell by my list that I love surreal and social commentary horror. Or ya know, anything aesthetic! Have fun with your Netflix and chills.

So, until next time... unpleasant dreams!
Sharp Glitter

P.S. Stay tuned for the next part in the series.

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  • Sharp Glitter on

    @Jessica F: Thank you! I didn’t know there was a Blak Christmas remake, I’m scared to watch it because I love the original so much… I haven’t heard of any of these on your list, I will definitely check them out!

  • Jessica F on

    Great list! Doesn’t Black Christmas have a remake now, too?

    Here are a few that popped into my head that you might enjoy :

    Spider Baby (1968)
    Night of the Lepus (1972)
    Rabid Grannies (1988)
    Flesh-Eating Mothers (1988)
    Dead Alive (1992)
    Black Sheep (2006)

  • Sharp Glitter on

    @Martha: I loooove horror, I’m always looking for new works in the genre. I think in recent years horror is the main genre that has been creating original films while giving voices to marginalized creators who don’t usually get to tell their stories. I remember hearing the story about Max, amazing he made it through fairly unscathed! The new Suspiria came came out 2 years ago so it must have been the jacuzzi incident. Highly recommend it but be prepared from some graphic scenes. 😬 Sounds like you might be a horror fan in the making! ;)

  • Martha on

    Not much a fan of the horror genre, I nevertheless enjoy any well-conceived, well-realized movie. Your list is intriguing, to say the least. I watched the original Suspiria several times years ago and loved everything about it. Thrilled that a remake was in the works, I sat down one afternoon to watch it as soon as it became available. Alas, one of our family’s myriad disasters interrupted that viewing. Now I can’t for the life of me recall which disaster it was. Perhaps it was that time the Jacuzzi in our master suite blew a fitting and flooded the rooms below? Or maybe when we learned that our grandson Max had fallen 25-30 feet out of a tree and landed flat on his back? The wind had been knocked out of him and everyone thought he was dead. Whichever family horror it was, though, it was enough to kick all thoughts of the movie clean out of my head, and I subsequently forgot all about Suspiria redux. Until now. Thanks for reminding me to go back to it! And, of course, I’ve seen The Shining countless times. What a classic! And I never tire of it. I loved the stunning Get Out and fully intend to see Us, very soon. Actually, dear Miranda, everything on your list piques my interest, and I think I’ll give them all a shot. Thank you! 💋

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    @Anna Schmidt: Yes!!! Watch Goodnight Mommy, it takes a dark turn I was not expecting!

    @Cassie McCarthy: You have the dreamiest witch palace I’ve ever seen! I hope my terrifying child painting still graces it. 🤣

    @Robert: Thank you! Do it do it do it! Jordan Peele is a modern horror master!

    @Josh M: Awwwh thanks smoo. <3 We are always living that Halloween life.

    @Liz: Thank you, I tried to have a good mix! Some crunchy gruesome horror and some light refreshing spooky films.

    @Chelsea: WOO! Jacob’s Ladder rules, the way they filmed the monsters is really effective before fancy special effects. I loved ‘The Haunting of Hill House’! It had me jumping out of my chair a few times lol. I can’t wait for ‘Bly Manor’. I remember watching ‘The Haunting’ in your basement all alone and getting so freaked out. 🤣 The ghost door scene still gets me…

    @Kendall Kallisti: Thank you! It makes me happy when I’m able to introduce people to something new. Omg at 15 I would have been scarred too. Such a loving family relationship lmao. I need to re-watch The Mothman prophecies! the Mothman is my favorite cryptid. I went as it for Halloween last year. Cabin In The Woods is a lot of fun! Love when horror overlaps with comedy.



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